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I Believe in Family.

It wasn’t until I had a family of my own that I came to better realize the importance and sweetness found in family life. As I learned to put family relationships first (see this post) I have come to know more joy and gain more eternal understanding. I have found and felt the eternal depth of the sacred relationships within the family. These priceless relationships are the substance of eternity. They go beyond this mortal realm. They are more valuable than any worldly thing, possession, status or achievement. There is nothing that brings more joy, satisfaction, and mortal education as does a family.

I’m preparing for the young women lesson titled, “Why is family so important?”  Here is a basic lesson outline, worksheet and handout I created.

 

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• Introduce lesson- Imagine a friend asking them, “Why are families so important in your church?” Go around and let each girl answer.

• Handout “Why is family so important” worksheet and let have an initial take on filling it out.

• Pass out Sister Beck’s talk, “Teaching doctrine of the family” and highlight the “Threats to the family section.”

• Have girls continue to fill out worksheet with additional info from Sister Beck’s talk.

• Have them share and discuss any additional thoughts they have with the class.

• If there is time, watch “Having faith in Children” video.

Object lesson: Plugging in to the Spirit

Lds object lesson plug into the spirit Here is an object lesson/story analogy that might help in understanding how putting Christ in our lives and ‘taking upon Him his name’ goes beyond going ‘through the motions’. This can go along with the YW lesson, “What does it mean to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ?”. Here are additional thoughts and a printable handout with that lesson.

There was a time when I sat at my computer and started typing, but nothing showed up on my screen. My computer was obviously on, so I thought is my computer frozen?  I moved the mouse and the cursor engaged, so that wasn’t the problem. I was going through the motions of typing with no results.  I finally realized that I hadn’t plugged in the keyboard to my computer.

It hit me that I often experienced this same thing spiritually. There are moments that I catch myself going through the “motions” of churchy rituals like attending church, taking the sacrament, reading scriptures and saying prayers. But I forgot to strive to make a connection with God or the Spirit. When I finally connect to Him in heart and mind, I see the power of those ‘motions’ working in my life. My efforts are magnified and life becomes clear and happier.

I feel that to take upon ourselves the name of Christ means to do everything we can to always have that connection to His spirit. We must plug in our spiritual ‘keyboards’ to Him. Then our personal efforts and ‘keystrokes’ are motivated, magnified and come alive by and through Him. We become a conduit, a witness of light of Him through our actions.

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